WATERVILLE, MAINE – The Saint Anselm College men's ice hockey team dropped a non-conference tilt to Colby College, 2-0, on Tuesday evening from Alfond Rink.
The Hawks fall to 7-6 overall while the Mules improve to 2-2-2 on the year.
The first period started slow and the Hawks were only able to get five shots on net in the opening 10 minutes. Saint Anselm was guilty of a penalty with just under four minutes to play in the opening period but senior netminder Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.) stopped the only two shots he faced to go into the first intermission scoreless.
The goaltenders for each team stopped the combined eight shots in the first six minutes of the second period to keep the game tied at zero. Saint Anselm had to kill off a pair penalties by the 10-minute mark. The only shot that came toward the net during the penalties hit the pipe.
The Hawks had a power play chance midway through the second but only put two shots on net with Mules goalie Andrew Tucci stopping both. Saint Anselm put the seven shots on net in the final five minutes but could not find the back of the net.
Saint Anselm had a power play chance at 5:35 of the third period but were unable to get a shot toward goal. The scoreless tie was finally broken with 9:53 to go in the game on a goal by Zack Hale to give the Mules the 1-0 lead. The Hawks looked for the equalizer with four shots but Tucci stood tall for Colby to keep the visitors off the scoreboard. The home team added an empty-netter with 11 seconds remaining to secure the victory.
Soucy made 31 saves in net for the Hawks while Tucci stopped all 33 shots he faced. Both teams had 33 shots each while the Mules were unsuccessful on six power play chances.
Saint Anselm will play its final road game of the 2018 portion of the schedule in Everett, Mass. against the Leopards from Wentworth Institute of Technology on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.